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Daniel Asked 2 years

“The team say the findings may lead to better sunscreens that can prevent the extra damage.”
Why it’s not “lead a better sunscreens”? lead to + do? right?

iamuwajimayaiamuwajimaya Staff replied 2 years ago

Nice question

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iamuwajimaya Staff answered 2 years

‘Lead to’ in this case is almost exactly the same as ‘result in’ or ’cause there to be’. ‘A may lead to B’ means that B may eventually happen because A happened first. I think the fundamental point of confusion here is a misunderstanding of ‘lead to’. Just think of it as ‘result in’ and you can easily understand the quote.
 
Examples:
The terrible economy will lead to a higher unemployment rate.
Eating cheeseburgers everyday may lead to obesity (being fat).
I’m hoping that my this discovery will lead to many great inventions.
 
 

iamuwajimayaiamuwajimaya Staff replied 2 years ago

Well, if you said, ‘A may lead B’, it’s correct, but it has a different meaning, different from the original example you gave. ‘A may lead B’ just means that B is a follower of A, maybe.

DanielDaniel replied 2 years ago

So, A lead to B(n / ing), right? And “A may lead B” is incorrect?

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